Michelle Nijhuis is a Project Editor at The Atlantic and Contributing Editor at High Country News. Her writing on climate change has also appeared in National Geographic and The New Yorker’s Elements blog. (February 2019)

IN THE REVIEW

On the Trail of the Climate

The Austro-­Hungarian expedition to the North Pole, led by Julius von Payer and Karl Weyprecht, 1872–1874; painting by Adolf Obermueller, 1892

Climate in Motion: Science, Empire, and the Problem of Scale

by Deborah R. Coen

Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life: A Tar Sands Tale

by Matt Hern and Am Johal with Joe Sacco
At the opening of the United Nations climate change conference in Poland in December, UN Secretary-General António Guterres made a short speech with a long history. The twenty warmest years on record, he said, have occurred in the past twenty-two years, with the past four years the four warmest; the …